Latest News:  


Egypt's Morsi says gov't reshuffle not to be swayed by opposition pressure


11:21, April 21, 2013

CAIRO, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday reaffirmed that a cabinet reshuffle will come soon but it will not be swayed by any opposition pressure.

"I am planning now for another reshuffle," Morsi told pan-Arab Al Jazeera TV, noting that the common interest of the Egyptian people would be the basic criteria for the reshuffle.

Cabinet reshuffle has been one of the major demands of the National Salvation Front. The main opposition bloc also demands sacking current Prosecutor-General Talaat Ibrahim Abdullah and amending controversial articles of the newly-written constitution.

The reshuffle will change several cabinet members to achieve the common good, said the Egyptian president, leaving out whether or not Prime Minister Hesham Qandil will be replaced.

Commenting on Egypt's bid for a loan of 4.8 billion U.S. dollars from the International Monetary Fund, Morsi said that Egypt did not fail to get the loan and that negotiations are still going on.

"We do not yield to internal or external conditions," Morsi said, noting that borrowing was "a very transient stage that will not last for long."

As for the recent anti-judiciary protests held by his Islamist supporters, Morsi expressed full respect for the judicial system, adding that the public had "legitimate concerns about judiciary after a series of acquittals of ex-regime officials."

"Basically, judges are honorable and the judicial rulings are respected, yet there are some judges who deviate from the right track," Morsi continued.

On Friday, thousands of Morsi's supporters rallied outside the Supreme Courthouse in downtown Cairo, calling for purging the " corrupt judiciary," after the recent acquittals of ex-officials who worked under former President Hosni Mubarak and the adjournment of the retrial of Mubarak.

While Islamists accuse judiciary of corruption, the opposition, mainly liberals and leftists, accuse Islamists of attempting to tailor the judiciary to serve their interests.

During Friday's protests, clashes broke out after dozens of masked men in black, likely members of the riotous Black Bloc, set fire to a bus belonging to the Islamists, leaving at least 115 injured.

The Islamist-oriented Egyptian president underlined that "there is no relation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the presidency in terms of decision-making."

We recommend:

Funeral of Thatcher held at St. Paul's Cathedral

Chinese student hurt in Boston marathon blasts

Israel marks its Independence Day

Seven killed in Venezuelan post-election protests

The White House opens its garden to the public

The world in photos


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Li Keqiang visits epicenter after deadly quake

  2. Premier Li speaks to reporters in Lushan Country

  3. Weekly review of military photos

  4. First night after deadly earthquake

  5. The "most beautiful bride" in the quake

  6. Doctors suture wound for soldier in Lushan County

  7. 30th Weifang International Kite Festival

  8. Highlights of X Games

  9. Harbin-Dalian Railway summer schedule

  10. The world's largest wind energy market

Most Popular


  1. Texas town: like whipped by powerful tornado
  2. High land premiums set to affect profits
  3. Alliance sets new stage for culture
  4. Expats reconsider living in Beijing over pollution
  5. Boston bombings underscore U.S. security concerns
  6. No winner in competitive currency devaluation
  7. Terrorism knows no boundaries
  8. Asia to pull through the high-risk period
  9. Austerity: Why a simple idea isn’t so simple after all
  10. US 'pivot' policy destabilizing Asia-Pacific region

What’s happening in China

Baby born right after earthquake in SW China

  1. Life and death of the China quake
  2. Roads jammed as rescuers swarm to quake zone
  3. Merchants offer free meals in quake-hit areas
  4. Excavator plunges off cliff, casualties unknown
  5. First rescuers reach isolated SW China county